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Surplus renewables challenging power plant operators

RENEWABLES: Surplus wind and solar power is pushing electricity prices to near zero more frequently in places like California, prompting market signals for coal plants to shut off. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court throws out two key permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline related to its impact on endangered species and a federal scenic parkway. (Associated Press)

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WIND:
• Apple plans to build a 290 MW solar farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia to power operations of several tech companies. (Fortune)
• Idaho looks to Wyoming wind power as coal plants retire and droughts sap hydropower resources. (CleanTechnica)
Two developers file a joint application for a 24 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. (ROINJ)

SOLAR: Solar developers need hundreds of Maryland residents to subscribe to a pilot community solar program, which will allow anyone to power their home with energy from six planned projects across the state. (Baltimore Sun)

EMISSIONS: California plans to continue enforcing its own emission limits for vehicles despite the Trump administration’s efforts to revoke its authority. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS: Supporters of a Colorado ballot initiative to create larger buffers between oil and gas operations and homes and schools deliver 171,000 signatures to try to earn a spot on the November ballot. (Denver Post)

COAL:
Advocates seek to limit customer charges for operating an Indiana coal gasification plant, which one analyst calls an “economic catastrophe for ratepayers.” (Energy News Network)
• A WEC Energy official says “it doesn’t make sense” to keep aging coal plants open as production shifts to gas and renewables. (WisBusiness.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: There are more questions than answers about the  benefits to customers who offer their electric vehicles as batteries to distribute power on the grid. (Energy News Network)

GRID:
• A former Texas state representative who led the effort to deregulate the state’s energy market says supply is keeping up with demand. (Texas Monthly)
• A federal research lab in California is part of a group seeking proposals to improve interoperability of devices on a the electric grid. (Utility Dive)

MICROGRIDS: Massachusetts’ new energy bill contains several distributed energy initiatives that could make it easier to develop microgrids in the state. (Microgrid Knowledge)

NUCLEAR: A coalition of 130 environmental groups urges New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to overhaul state nuclear subsidies to allow residents to opt out of supporting aging nuclear plants. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Hawaii regulators take a step toward ordering performance incentives for the state’s largest utility, a move that could prevent it from shifting volatile fuel prices onto customers. (Utility Dive)

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BIOFUELS: Industry groups hope new leadership at the U.S. EPA will join the Department of Energy in supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard. (KCUR)

COMMENTARY:
The director of electric power at sustainability nonprofit Ceres writes that, despite the president’s efforts to prop up coal, a market-driven clean energy transition is well underway. (Energy News Network)
Offshore wind is finally taking off the in United States, and the Northeast is leading the way, says the head of an industry group.. (The Hill)

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